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and my father from southern virginia. and washington is where they met, married and then had me. so, without the great migration, i wouldn't be here. i don't know who you'd be talking to. so, i've lived with it all my life. i grew up with people from north carolina, south carolina, georgia -- all around me in the neighborhood where i grew up. and i was surrounded by the language, the food, the music, the ambitions, too, of the people who had migrated from the south. a lot of competition about who's child would go to which school, catholic school, the school across the park. so, it's been with me all this time. but i think that, when it comes to the actual writing of a book, it probably started, very likely, after i had gotten out and been a reporter for the "new york times" and started to talk to people in other parts of the country. i was chicago bureau chief for the "new york times." and i would go to chicago. i'd be in cleveland, i'd be in detroit. and i'd begin to hear that there were similar migration experiences that people had. no one talked about it as a migration experience
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